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Record grant requests expected by March 15 deadline

March 12, 2010

The spring grant cycle for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham begins Monday, March 15, the deadline for nonprofit organizations in our five-county footprint to submit proposals. Community Investment staff members are bracing for a busier than usual round of competitive grantmaking, said Senior Program Officer James McCrary, and that means even more hard choices about where our grant dollars go.

Your Community Foundation makes grants twice a year from Community Funds, the unrestricted dollars used to focus on the needs and opportunities that matter most to the community of Greater Birmingham. Usually, we receive 85 to 90 proposals each time, once in the fall and once in the spring. According to McCrary, approximately 120 nonprofit organizations have indicated they intend to submit a proposal, which would make this a record.

“We use an on-line survey tool to get an idea of how many grant proposals will be coming in and to get some basic information ahead of time,” McCrary said. “We have already started receiving some of the full proposals, even though the deadline is March 15.”

Stay tuned to find out more about how many proposals are for operating dollars, so vital in these tough economic times. In May we will all learn which grant proposals were approved and what exciting new ideas are moving forward to build a brighter future for our community. Or contact Kathryn Corey, Director of Donor Relations, if you want to help us bridge the gaps between grants requested and the dollars available in 2010.

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